|Every Which Way But Dead (The Hollows, Book 3)
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There's no witch in Cincinnati tougher, sexier, or more screwed up than bounty hunter Rachel Morgan, who's already put her love life and her soul in dire jeopardy through her determined efforts to bring criminal night creatures to justice.
Between "runs," she has her hands full fending off the attentions of her blood-drinking partner, keeping a deadly secret from her backup, and resisting a hot new vamp suitor.
Rachel must also take a stand in the war that's raging in the city's underworld, since she helped put away its former vampire kingpin -- and made a deal with a powerful demon to do so that could cost her an eternity of pain, torment, and degradation.
And now her dark "master" is coming to collect his due.
- The Hollows, Book 3
This is the third installment of the Hollows series and a very strong addition to the storyline of Rachel Morgan, Witch and Independent Runner. If you have enjoyed the first two books than this is a must read.
The plot is more complex than I can easily go into in a brief review but I feel that this book serves more as a way to continue the development of the myriad characters that Kim Harrison has put into Rachel's world rather than one specific plotline that we get to follow from beginning to end. Instead, we are given quite a few smaller plots that weave together nicely through out the book.
The story meanders a bit for many of its pages, until Rachel really gets down to business with a new power player in town by the name of Saladin. He seems to be in conflict with everyone, including Trent Kalamack and Kisten, who is still posing as Piscary's Scion. Even Big Al, the demon who wants to drag Rachel into the ever after appears to be involved with this mysterious new threat.
Of course there is plenty of other very intriguing subplots, including Rachel's ever more complex love life, relationships with her closest friends, and her worst enemies.
Kim Harrison does a good job of keeping everything in check here. While the story had the potential to run off the rails with as much as was going on, she pulls things together nicely while still giving the reader plenty to look forward to in future volumes with the addition of some new characters like Ceri and in particular, Newt.
I have enjoyed the maturation of Rachel throughout the first three books of the series. I am sure her character will continue to grow stronger although I hope she never loses the touch of vulnerability that makes her so much fun to read about....more info
- A compelling third volume of the series...
I think I have fallen in love with Harrison's Hollows books. The characters are so colorful and real, and they have good depth and energy. And nothing has changed in this, her third book of the series.
It was a little slow and not much happened. It seemed that this one developed the plot for a future book and the series, but didn't really go too much in to a heavy plot for itself. I enjoyed the story none the less. We finally got to see Ivy in action, although not that much and it was brief at that, so I was happy. The Elves begin to play a larger role, and we meet another Were, which is developed some. All this adds depth to the world she is creating, expanding on Demons, Witches, Weres, Elves, Pixies and Vampires in order to expand the world and books/plots that she is creating.
It was a little funny though. You read the cover and it says "Great sex..." and you think, huh? Because in the book itself, 500 pages long, there is only one sex scene and it is only roughly 10 pages long. So there isn't much going in that direction, but it seems they are trying to bring in the romance readers, since the quote was from a romance writer.
That being said, I loved this book, though not as action packed as the first two, but great none the less. I would recommend.
4.5 stars....more info
Even in a market full of supernatural, witty, authors, this author wins the prize for books that cannot be put down once begun, and that leaves you anxious for the arrival of the next book in the series....more info
- Simply Amazing
Her books are a thrill-a-minute, extremely well written, and read like I'm at the movies! ... all I've got to say is WHRE'S THE MOVIE CONTRACT!
- Every Which But Dead
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- Just luv it!!!!!
This was the first book that I picked up by Kim Harrison....I could not put it down. I really hate first person in a book but I quickly overlooked that after I started reading. All the characters in this book are great......Ivy, Jenks, (especially) Kistan, Trent etc... I just read the first book DWW and right this min ordering the second installment. I cannot wait till book 4 comes out and with it more bout Ivy and Trent. Read her books-----for they are so unexpected....more info
- Good series
I am looking forward to the next installment of the series. I thought they were all a good read. I would LOVE to see more of Ceri, and think she will end up being a powerful ally.
- Just full of Spice and Everything Nice.......
Kim Harrison's series on our infamous witch Rachel Morgan is the best series in this type of Genre that I have read in a very long time. We get a little taste of everything. And just when you feel that you've gotten a pretty good handle on our main characters, something gets thrown in that shakes things up.
- Good, no great... just not fantastic...
I think Kim Harrison is a fantastic writer, and her books never fail to excite me. Maybe it's because the novelty has worn off a bit (serial characters) but I wasn't as blown away by this one. But I stress, she is a _brilliant_ writer and I hang out for Fistful of Charms. Yeah, right about good dark fantasy writers who's name start with H. What about good dark fantasy writers who's names are Kim? If you like Kim Harrison, you'll probly like Kim Wilkins. Not vampires, but cool supernatural stuff with great realistic characters....more info
- That was good, now what?
Another success for Harrison, and another turn of events in the plot that caught me by suprise. I was truly suprised by Nicks actions (or lack of action for that matter) and the complecations Nick and Rachel's relationship added to the plot. What is most interesting about this addition to the series is that the story is not so much a supernatural "solve the case, get the bad guy" as the first two books. The first two books established the characters so well that I was hardly disappointed at the extra time devoted to the relationships between the characters. Lee and Big Al provide plenty of villian drauma, but then again, Rachel provides plenty of drama herself, as she manages to learn even more about her Dad, and Trent. I am still sticking to my assumption that Trent is not as bad as he first appeared to be. As this book is part of a series, I would recommend reading the other two first, the blips for first time readers probably won't do enough to fully comprehend the relationships of this book. My only complaint with this series is Harrison's introduction of new characters to each addition to the series. Her characters are great, however, few seem to reappear from novel to novel, and I feel that this leaves some loose ends. I won't be too quick to judge, though, as this is only her third in the series, and she may bring back some of the secondary characters that she introduced to us earlier. Can't wait for more of the Hollows. ...more info
- Enjoyable series within the vampire genre
I wandered over to the Kim Harrison universe after becoming disillusioned, like many other readers, with Laurell K. Hamilton's stubborn addiction to making her female leads sleep with anything walking upright on two legs. I've enjoyed this series so far and find this installment to be more consistent in character development - Rachel is still a survivor and we now know why, but is still slightly addicted to danger; Ivy is still conflicted but we understand to a greater extent as to why she continues to stick to Rachel; and we find out what makes Trent Kalamack tick.
But it is these latter two characters and Rachel's schizophrenic relationship with them that has me knocking off a star in my review. Harrison would have us believe the Rachel can rationalize Ivy's and Kisten's kills but Trent's actions send her into a morally righteous rage. Huh? And Rachel continues to ying-yang Ivy around emotionally but thankfully Harrison introduces a potential solution to that fast tiring subplot. Frankly, I'm biased - I think Ivy and Trent are the most interesting characters in the series and want them front-and-center in every book.
I like this series and look forward to the next installment. And here's hoping Trent and Ceri hook up and start wreaking some elf havoc!!...more info
- Whooee! Now we're talking!
They say that one learns from their mistakes. Perhaps true for some people, but maybe not so for others. Rachel Morgan belongs to the latter category. While she isn't without charms - indeed, there are many things to like about her - her biggest weakness is her impulsiveness. This trait has landed her in many troubles that after months since quitting her job with Inderland Security, she is practically a dead witch walking barely escaping unscathed from one attack after another. Oh Rachel, when will you learn that the easiest route is not usually the best?
After nailing Cincinnati's master vampire Piscary, Rachel finds herself being hunted down by the demon Algaliarept, who is both freaky and comical at the same time. I had such fun reading Rachel battle it out with this demon, each one trying to outsmart the other to get what they want. Both are worthy adversary and it becomes a game of cat and mouse as Rachel does her utmost to survive and keep her soul at the same time. As if dealing with `Big Al' weren't enough. Her friend and business partner Ivy is becoming more vocal about her desire to take their relationship to the next level, a mysterious Were is tailing her every move, Jenks is in a major snit over some trust issue, and it looks like a case of `out with the old and in with the new' in the romance area. Frankly, I have never trusted the `old' so bring in the `new' beautifully wrapped in tight leather. Whooee!! I love Kisten!
The first book was fun, the second was delightful but the third was a real charm. EVERY WHICH WAY BUT DEAD is a stunning urban fantasy, filled with fast-paced action, suspense and never ending mystery. Kim Harrison continues to tantalize as we learn more about Rachel's past and the truth about her father's relationship with Trent's father. I am now fully absorbed in the complex world that Harrison has built. Her otherworldly creatures have just gotten more fascinating and look to continue to do so as this series continues. ...more info
- This is the BEST book
I love all of Kim Harison's books but this is by far my favorite. It has everything thrill, love, and terror. I don't think there could be a better one. This is the best of all of the Rachel Morgan books to date. I have it so many times my first copy, of Every Which Way But Dead, it started to lose pages.
I HIGHLY RECOMEND THIS BOOK, IT IS A GREAT READ!...more info
- On the right track
This is the third entry in Kim Harrison's Hollows series about witch/investigator Rachel Morgan. I highly recommend you read the first two (Dead Witch Walking and The Good, the Bad & the Undead) before tackling this one or you'll be lost-plus it will ruin a few surprises if you ever backtrack and read the first two. Briefly, this series is set in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky (big ups to Covington/Newport) and is set in an alternate world where humans share space with vampires, weres, fairies and other assorted supernatural beings. All of whom came out of hiding after a manmade virus wiped out a large portion of the human population of the planet. Rachel is a witch that works in a detective agency with a living vampire and a pixy. Yes, a pixy. Just trust me when I say it's better than it sounds.
Unlike the previous two novels, this one hits the ground running with action that continues all the way to the conclusion. The book opens with Rachel summoning the demon Alagliarept. It seems Rachel is desperately trying to get out of being his familiar-an arrangement she was forced into at the end of book two. In the process, she rescues his former familiar-a 1000 year old elf named Ceri. Her boyfriend Nick has left her after being unable to deal with her accidentally making him her familiar, the vampire Piscary is in jail but still making trouble for her and her living vamp roommate Ivy, there's a new supervillain vying for control of Cincinnati's underground, Al the demon is more determined than ever to pull her into Hell with him, elf and semi-nemesis Trent Kalamack is still trying to make her work for him and-oh yeah-the other living vamp in Rachel's life, Kisten, has asked her out.
This book simply rocks. The action is non-stop, the alternate universe is elaborately drawn, the characters are mostly likable and engaging and there is chemistry aplenty. And if you are a Kisten fan, you will be happy to know that he and Rachel finally get closer in this book. What I didn't like is the levity from the first two books is almost gone. Although Rachel doesn't stupidly contaminate a crime scene by having a meaningless temper tantrum as she did in the second book, I did find myself missing the witch that stole the Howler's fish. This book and Rachel are much more serious. And what is almost a criminal literary crime, Rachel and her pixy business partner Jenks have a fight midway through over something kind of silly and he moves out, leaving a huge vacancy of humanity and comic relief. Likewise, Captain Edden and his son from the Federal Inderland Bureau (the human agency that polices supernatural crime) are MIA in this novel as well. I did enjoy Rachel growing more into her own as a witch however and I really loved the way that Harrison resolves the final battle between Rachel and the new villain.
Despite minor complaints, I really enjoyed this book and I've already picked up the next one in the series (A Fistful of Charms.) I found Kim Harrison after giving up on Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake novels which jumped the shark about 3 books ago. If you too are a refugee from that series or enjoy supernatural mystery, I think you'll be very happy here. ...more info
- Great Rachel Morgan book
In this book, Rachel made a deal with a demon to testify in court as a witness. Now it's time to collect that debt. Big Al wants her to be his familiar. She tricks him at the last moment, which keeps her safe for a little while and gets his old familiar, a 1000 year old elf.
If that isn't enough trouble, Rachel has the hots for a vampire that Ivy has a lot of history with that makes home life a lot more difficult.
The whole plot has so many different directions. You are definitely kept wrapped up in the story waiting for the next plot twist.
I recommend this to anyone that likes the Jim Butcher series. This is a must read....more info
- this book rocks
i really enjoyed this book. It was actually very well written to have so many paranormal elements in one book. I would recommend it to anyone....more info
- Awesome! If you love the older Anita blake stories...
Kim Harrison is incredible! Her books remind me of the first books in Laurell K Hamilton's series with Anita Blake... All of her books are a must read!!! Ivy and Rachel kick butt!...more info
- Self Generated Problems
One problem with Kim Harrison's engaging earth-witch/runner character Rachel Morgan is that a lot of her problems are self generated. I think this is largely intentional on Harrison's part, and having a heroine with large, real flaws is interesting, especially as Rachel herself seems sensitive to some of them, and totally oblivious to others. I think it crosses the line in this book though, and I have had to dock her a star for it. To me, the most egregious scene was not when she loses her partner Jenks by showing that she doesn't trust him, but earlier when she drags him to what she must know is likely to be a very difficult encounter with her boyfriend. This is not something you do with a coworker, even if he is also a friend. Then, after said boyfriend is out of the picture (and good riddance, there's obviously a mystery there, but it can stay unresolved and he can stay gone as far as I am concerned), she strikes up a new relationship with possibly the male character most likely to be a bad choice for her, in terms of her relationships both with Ivy and the enemy who almost killed her once. (And in fact this new boyfriend does literally blow her sky-high). She then unthinkingly does the very thing she has been explicitly warned will bring her _other_ arch-enemy to her doorstep, and finally, when the book is over, and she has supposedly learned some things about herself, she makes a formal legal commitment with a man who is a casual ally at best, and rubs Ivy's nose in it by making her an official witness. In fact her continuing snub of Ivy is another bit of self-delusion and bad judgement on Rachel's part. She imagines that she couldn't do the blood/sex thing with a female after several times describing her intense desire to do just that. Yes, perhaps that "orientation" is imposed by her "scar", but that doesn't make it less real, and she's ready enough to have sex completely outside her _species_, complete with different (though never described..) sexual anatomy.
I'm _only_ docking one star because as screwed-up as Rachel is, her story still has me interested. She has a unique and appealing narrative voice, and I don't want her without flaws, just a bit fewer, and a bit more realization of the ones she has....more info
- Gets better with each book
First witches, vampires, pixies and demons, then elves, and now weres! And none of them are ever the way we'd picture them. Corporate elves and insurance adjuster weres. But they're still nothing like the human versions. The weres still have pack hierarchies and the elves, as we learn more about them, might have magic, but they're very cold beings indeed. At least, most of them are. When Rachel saves one from Algaliarept (the very creepy and well written stalker-demon she's "acquired" in the last book), under...unusual circumstances, we start to get a better idea of what elves used to be, and maybe can be again.
Rachel's impulsiveness actually catches up to her in this book, props to the author on that. It's a continuity I hadn't expected. She pays a heavy toll for making one of her snap decisions and doing what she thinks is the right thing. Her battle with Algaliarept for her soul is almost lost. In the end, her relationship with her human boyfriend pretty much is, as well as with one of her partners. She has to face up to the consequences of her actions and I really liked that. Maybe she does make it out, but not without scars, internal and not. And that's the way real life is for the rest of us, if we don't think before acting. It's so good to see that Rachel isn't "better" than the rest of us, in that regard. It makes her much easier to identify with, to like as a protagonist.
As others have said before, the pacing of the book is pretty slow for the first couple hundred pages. Much rehashing of the dangers and situations from previous books, but I can understand the repetitiveness in this case. Things are really moving up a notch in intensity in both the case of Ivy and Algaliarept, and both set the stage for things to come in the latter part of the book. A latter part that moves along at a very fast clip, in comparison to the first part. Once it gets going, it doesn't stop and pulls few punches.
This is an excellent addition to the series, building more on the characters and defining their situations. Some conflicts are resolved but all new ones are created, leaving us wondering just what's going to happen in the next book. Great cliffhangers without being overly annoying about it. This is definitely a series I'd recommend to anyone thinking about getting into the vampire mystery genre....more info
- Please get this author a copyeditor!
This is the third in the Rachel Morgan series about an earth witch private eye (sort of) in an alternate Cincinnati, where Were-creatures, vampires, elves, pixies, fairies, and more (and in several varieties of each) are part of the everyday world. Rachel is becoming a witch to be reckoned with, not least because of her close but uneasy relationships with her partner and her new boyfriend, both vampires. She's also a member of a Were's pack -- but only on paper and only for the insurance benefits. That's much of the fun, actually -- the ways in which non-humans deal with mundane American life and business. And vampire politics is fascinating. Her boyfriend is front-man for the criminal master vampire she managed to defeat to have sent to prison, so things aren't so cut-and-dried in her world. And her demonic connections are getting waaaaay out of hand. Harrison is finally getting the hang of character development and her plotlines are much more interesting than in her earlier work, I'm happy to say. There's a fair amount of torrid sex, too. On the other hand, she's still badly in need of an editor. "Precedence" does not mean the same thing as "precedent," and "conniving" and "contriving" are quite different words. Nor are "pained" and "painful" equivalent. A decent copyeditor would have caught all that. She also makes strange word-choices with some regularity, such as describing a room as "twenty feet tall" instead of "high." She says she never took any writing classes, only the usual English courses in school -- and I believe it. She must have been paying close attention, though, the day she discussed present participles because 80% of her verbs appear in that form. She also ought to declare a moratorium on the word "from" -- "my hands fell from him," "a gasp came from me," etc. Actually, it's almost as if English weren't her first language. Finally, you really have to treat this series as a single, very long novel because Harrison almost never gives you anything in the way of a backstory to explain something in a later volume. It wouldn't hurt to explain in passing *why* most humans can't stand ketchup. Very annoying, and it gets in the way of a good story....more info
- This is Great
What a great story Kim Harrison has come up with! This is the third time we've been exposed to the wonderful Rachel Morgan.
Rachel is a great leading lady. She's a bounty hunter (the type that hunts vampires and werewolves) and also a witch. Rachel is always getting herself in to trouble and she just can't catch a break. But one way or another she gets herself out of trouble and is ready to face another day.
In "Every Which Way But Dead", Rachel finds herself surrounded her is a ton of action, quite a bit of horror and some hot hot hot scenes! Kim Harrison has simply perfected Rachel in this novel. If you liked the first two, you simply must pick this one up. ...more info
- The Life of a Demon Familiar
Every Which Way But Dead (2005) is the third Urban Fantasy in the Rachel Morgan series, following The Good, the Bad, and the Undead. In the previous volume, Rachel slams Piscary into unconsciousness and turns him over to the FIBs. Later she convinces the Howlers to pay her fee for searching for their mascot fish.
In this novel, Piscary is convicted for the murders of several ley line witches after the demon Algaliarept testifies against him. Now Rachel summons the demon to fulfill her promise in exchange for his testimony. She goes through the rites to become his familiar.
After accepting her service, Al no longer needs his former familiar, the elf Ceri. Despite his sadistic intentions, Rachel convinces Al to release Ceri and then she gets Ceri onto sanctified ground. Ceri is now free after a thousand years of service to the demon.
Although Ceri is rapidly adjusting to her new freedom, Rachel needs to find her another home. Jenks is frustrated because he can't tell what kind of creature she is. He knows that she is the same kind as Trent Kalamack, but Rachel prefers not to release that information and pixies are not known for keeping secrets. Besides, Rachel, Ivy and Jenks are not exactly a normal household living in a typical lifestyle.
Rachel invites Keasley, the old witch living across the street, to come over and meet Ceri. While Keasley is not exactly a typical inderlander himself, he is more so than the Vampiric Charms team. At first Ceri and Keasley are a bit reluctant, but soon find much to like in each other. Keasley returns home to install Ceri in his spare bedroom.
In this story, Rachel notices that an older Were has been following her and confronts him in a back corner of the zoo. David Hue is an insurance adjuster who has a few questions about the fish that Rachel had taken from Mr. Ray's office. It seems that the fish had been stolen and the original owner has filed a claim. He also has some papers for Rachel to sign concerning the final disposition of the fish.
Algaliarept cannot use Rachel as his familiar without taking her back to the ever-after and is less than happy about her refusal to cross over. One day, when Rachel uses the ley line in her back yard, Al unexpectedly appears and starts dragging her away. Since the backyard ley line is surrounded by sanctified ground, the nearest available ley line is eight blocks away and Al is determined to drag or carry her to it. But Ceri, Keasley and David form a circle to stop him and Rachel, as the de facto summoner, then banishes him back to the ever-after.
This story also tells of Rachel's troubled relationship with Nick Sparagmos. After he became her familiar, Nick was subject to seizures and other upsets whenever Rachel drew upon a ley line. Now that she is Algaliarept's familiar, that tie has been broken, but Nick still isn't returning home. Then Kristen takes her out on a date and she finds herself becoming more attracted toward him.
With Piscary in prison, the criminal underground in Cincinnati becomes more unstable. Rachel gradually becomes aware of a new player. She first learns of Stanley Saladan from Takata in regard to his annual concert. Then Kristen takes her to Lee Saladan's gambling boat. Later, Quen hires her to protect Trent during a meeting with Saladan.
As usual, Rachel gets into all kinds of trouble with both her friends and her enemies. Sometimes it is hard to tell one from another, since today's friend is tomorrow's enemy and vice-versa. Her life is so screwed up!
Highly recommended for Harrison fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of inderlanders, humans and romance.
-Arthur W. Jordin...more info